The PlayStation Portal's online requirements can be a deal breaker for many, but if you're one of the fans who picked one up at launch, you've probably made your peace with it. Now, given how much of a talking point it was when it was revealed, players are shocked to discover a very prominent airplane mode feature on the Portal - a toggle that would make the console absolutely useless.
The strangest part is just how prominent the airplane mode button is. While it isn't too surprising to find it on the console, it's odd that PlayStation made it so in your face, when surely there's no point in using it. Like, if you're on an airplane, you're better off turning it off anyway. It's not like you can boot a game up for your flight - it's pointless.
It's caught the attention of many fans now that the PlayStation Portal has started making it into our hands over the past few days. Some have offered theories, like the UI being based on other devices that have a greater need for airplane mode, but it's wild nonetheless. Like, c'mon, don't rub it in. We already know it's just a useless screen without an internet connection.
The PlayStation Portal is Sony's first handheld console since the PlayStation Vita all the way back in 2011. That amassed a cult following over the years, but just couldn't end Nintendo's reign as the king of handhelds.
The more hopeful fans wonder if this is a sign that offline play will be possible one day, and the Portal's internet reliance won't last forever. However, it's hard to see how that would work, considering it's just meant to be a "portal" to your PS5. It doesn't have access to Sony's full library of games, just what you have on your home console. And unless we get a huge hardware upgrade, itRead more on thegamer.com